We arose at the crack.
The kids were puking and diarrheaing… but we were healthy, so off we went!
The grandmother arrived on time to hold down the fort for the day. Thanks Grandma!
Off we went… Brimfield Bound!
There was only a small snag. As we rounded a corner just a few miles from the goodness… Annmarie came to stop… for no apparent reason… I looked at her and she said…
"I think we just ran out of gas."
So we start to walk – headed one direction, but didn't see any promise of a gas station, so we headed back the other direction… "should we hitch hike?" we tossed the idea around "are we safe together to get in the car with a stranger?" and then we saw HIM… we flagged down a dude in a truck with an orange light. Side of his truck said "service station". A quick call to AAA and $8 worth of gas later we were off!
The rest of these pictures are from the phone… but I hope they captured the goodness that was Brimfield:
Annmarie and I both bought a few of these (above) little apothecary jars… they are teeny-tiny… like good to keep your rings or medicine in… who knows, but they were cute and cheap.
Above was a table full of andirons… didn't buy any, but loved that gold buckle design.
Not that I needed any matchbooks… but…
This sink was probably the biggest regret… for Annmarie. I told her she "should" but that little problem of "no place to put it right now" came into her mind. I didn't press it… I was seeing images flash in my brain of the 6 faucets I own that I have no place for. (Plumbing Fixture Addicts Anonymous)… but it was gorgeous. The profile on the sink, the brass fittings, the bowl… all in great condition. $300. We left without it.
Heavenly. Seriously. Vintage trims. I wanted these but took a clipping, and will buy it if I really can find a place for it…
I thought this was a zinc sink, til I touched it… soapstone. I wish I had a kitchen project for this one. While we are on sinks… check this one out:
Here are the valves that accompanied that one:
Annmarie, we should have bought these plates.
Okay, so when I saw this guy (below) I thought to myself "who is that guy?" Do you know who he is? (probably not) He is who I bought my burled mahogany chest from at Round Top! How funny is that… it took us a minute to figure the connection out… but we got it. Did I tell you all that Martha B. pulled through for me and had a knob that fit that old chest perfectly. Anyway, I had to take his picture and send it to Courtney instantly for a little game of "remember this guy"!? I saw 3 or 4 great vendors who were also at Round Top… which was super fun.
Like the guys selling all this goodness:
This is for my sister… because she loves dolls (kidding). Molds for doll heads. Only kidding, these are a little on the scary side.
This was my favorite sight… these sculptures of dresses (a set of 3)… molded wire, painted… and very cool.
This is another favorite… this fabulous booth of real French antiques… linens specifically. I was in awe over these striped… ummm… what-are-these…
You'll never guess what that is… so I'll tell you. ESPADRILLE material! Straight from France.
You know, like the shoes:
So while Annmarie and I were brainstorming how to reinvent the espadrille fabric I heard someone say my name behind me. Who would I know in the middle of no where Massachusetts?
I turned around a nice lady who I did not recognize said "I'm Staci, you had pictures of our farm on your blog. My husband used to work with your dad." I almost fell over… with elation! Staci and her husband John are friends of my parents that go waaayyy back. Staci lives only about 5 minutes from Annmarie and it was a delight to visit with her! Remember their farm in Vermont? Double Dog Farm… go check THIS out if you missed it the first go around. This really is a small world… I love it. Staci, I'm coming to Vermont… soon! Very soon! Here's a snapshot of us.. (it's small intentionally… it was hot and I had no make-up on)
So, here's my biggest regret. These giant bins would have been perfect for fabric samples in the office… but they were big, and I feared arranging coordination on getting them home. $50. Should've. They are from a shoe factory in Maine.
Okay, this is the portion of the show where I somehow lost my mind. Tell me this is normal… Annmarie talked me into buying this yellow antique bassinet. I AM NOT PREGNANT and I DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN. But somehow she threw in a few "I have one and paid 8 times that price for mine, and mine is not that cute", and a "you haaave to get it", and a "look how cute it is". Okay, so this is the truth… it is cute. So I bought it. Then I freaked out and sent a picture to my friend Marla who photographs (mostly) children and told her I bought it so she could use it to take pictures of kids in it. HA. Then when we have kids I'll do a lead paint test on it and put it to good use. For now: it's in Annmarie's basement… safe and sound.
I don't know why this woman (above) intriguied me… but she did. She looks pilgrim-ish and felt suitable for that region of the US… I guess kind of like seeing cowboy boots and hats at Round Top.
We finished the day off with this:
And then hauled our crap to the car… and went home
Now the first question I got from my close friends "how did it compare to Round Top?"… it was equally fabulous as Round Top. I spent more time in Round Top… so it wasn't really an apples to apples comparison, the prices were better at Brimfield for sure! It was a blast… if you ever get a chance to hit either of these shows – do it!